Craven County teenager accused of murder goes before judge

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A teenager charged with murder appeared in court for the first time this morning, accused of shooting a fellow teen late Friday night.

On Monday, neighbors of the suspect reacted to the shooting Friday night in their own community.

"It's probably one of the most traumatic things that's ever happened to me, that I've ever seen. I couldn't imagine that happening in my neighborhood," said one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.

16-year-old Jeremy Williams, who goes by Trace, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was in tears as he went before a Craven County judge.

Williams is facing an open count of murder after deputies say he pulled the trigger killing 18-year-old Daniel Hardin of Pamlico County Friday night.

Officials say the two men got into a fight in the street in front of a home on Crestview Drive in Craven County before the shooting occurred.

"Immediately after the police came, the girl yelled 'he ran in the house.' and they went to the house with guns drawn and he came out and they handcuffed him and put him in the car," the anonymous neighbor explained.

Williams waived his right to a court-appointed attorney.

The minor was read the charges and possible punishment he now faces, which could include life in prison without parole.

Williams is being held at the Craven County Detention Center without bond. His next court date is scheduled for August 8th.

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A teen here in the east is behind bars, charged with pulling the trigger in a shooting that left another teenager dead.

Officials say the call came into 911 Friday night just before 9 p.m. in the Oak View subdivision in the Brice's Creek area.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says the two men got into a fight before the shooting in the street in front of a home on Crest View when 18-year-old Daniel Hardin, of Pamlico, was shot.

16-year-old Jeremy Williams was apprehended immediately without incident.

Williams was charged with an open count of murder and is being held at the Craven County Detention Center under no bond.